WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - This week's Hero of Texoma is a man that did his share of traveling before joining the United States Air Force.
His interest in working on cars and aircraft is what got the ball rolling.
Robert Haynie and a bunch of his friends always talked about working on cars and planes.
A close friend of his wanted to work on aircraft for the U.S. Navy, but Haynie's heart was with the U.S. Air Force.
"(I) wanted to do something bigger, better, so I joined the air force," Haynie said.
Haynie was born and raised in Oregon but also lived in California and Washington before enlisting in August of 2007.
"I've been pretty much been all over the world. I've seen the states. (I've) gone on a lot of TDY's all around the states. (I've) gone up to Canada a few times for some trips that we've had up there. I've been deployed three times. My favorite trip was going to Italy. We were on the west coast of Sicily," he said.
Tech Sergeant Haynie has been deployed three times. Those deployments were in Africa, Italy, and Kuwait.
These trips are something he would have never been able to take if he was not serving our country.
"I've met some of the coolest and best people to know (and) to work with. Many of them have become very good friends. (We) keep in contact even though I haven't seen them since basics," he said.
As he gets closer to his 10 year anniversary, the one thing he has loved the most is meeting people who have become family.
The instructor plans to make a career out of the military and keep using his talents post-retirement.
"(I) definitely, love working on aircraft. So, I am just going to complete a bachelor's in probably some aviation management and continue on in this career," he said.
Tech Sgt. Haynie said although leadership positions are not what he enjoys most, he feels work with the work he's doing as an instructor at Sheppard Air Force Base.
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Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6